Oh, let me sing the ways!
- Most yogurt in the United States is made from cows’ milk, so it’s rich in protein and calcium. Greek yogurt, a thicker version of regular yogurt, is even richer in protein – often as much as 20 grams in a single serving.
- Even though it’s made from cows’ milk, yogurt is lower in lactose than drinkable milk, which means that many people who are lactose-sensitive can eat yogurt even if they cannot drink milk.
- Yogurt is packed with probiotics, also known as ‘good bacteria.’ According to WebMD, these bacteria “adjust the microflora (the natural balance of organisms) in the intestines, or by acting directly on body functions, such as digestion or immune function.” Many doctors recommend eating yogurt while on antibiotics, as antibiotics can destroy the good bacteria that naturally occurs in the gut, and yogurt’s probiotics can replenish such bacteria.
- Women who experience yeast infections while taking antibiotics may find that eating yogurt reduces their odds of infection.
- Fun fact: While some yogurts ‘add in’ probiotics, organic yogurt is naturally higher in probiotics than conventional yogurt.
- Due to the probiotics in yogurt, it digests more quickly, making it a great food for infants (as well as the elderly).